Workers prepare for a summer out of the office but opt to do it securely

This summer will see more people working from home but most know to log in securely.

A survey of 200 IT security professionals by SecurEnvoy found that 82 per cent more people are working from home this year than they did last year. Asked what security measures are required to allow these remote workers to connect to the network, 91 per cent said that they will be using two-factor authentication.

Looking at how users currently authenticate themselves to the network, the study found 88 per cent rely on physical authentication tokens, while only six per cent of those organisations who already allow users to access remotely do not require authentication.

Andrew Kemshall, co-founder of SecurEnvoy, said: “As more people get gadgets that allow them the flexibility to work wherever, whenever, the more windows the organisation's security team need to monitor.

“If you are going to open up the network's perimeter, you need some way of doing so securely and verifying that those connecting are who they say they are. If you don't, it's the equivalent of leaving your physical office open, with all the filing cabinets unlocked, for every Tom, Dick and Harry to walk in and rifle through.”

Almost two-thirds of the respondents (64 per cent) believed Apple iPads and other tablet computers will drive remote access. The same number also think that 4G and super internet speed will increase the usage of remote access.

“The fact remains that information with seed details on a database can be compromised, as was proven. We've said it before, and I'll say it again, the most secure method of two-factor authentication is to randomly generate any required keys within the customer's environment,” Kemshall said.

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